Wednesday, July 1, 2020

vivo Mobile Legends event hosts gaming vloggers’ face-off, July 3

Professional gamers Junnie Boy and Bianca Yao are set to face-off and showcase their Mobile Legends: Bang Bang skills as they test the gaming features of the vivo V19 Neo. The Mobile Legends Live Stream event will also see the top vloggers captaining their respective teams.

The match will be livestreamed by vivo Philippines on its Facebook page on Friday, July 3 at 7 PM (PST). Junnie Boy and Bianca Yao will also host livestreams on their Facebook channels which have 2.65 million and 96,000 subscribers, respectively.

Two gamers can get a chance to play in the Mobile Legends Live Stream and win exciting prizes. They just have to “like” the vivo Philippines’ official Facebook page, take a selfie, comment why they want to be part of #TeamJunnieBoy or #TeamBianca on the post, and share this using the hashtags #IgniteYourNight, #vivoV19NeoMLLiveBattle.

Lockdown career tips: 5 pointers on how to be an all-star at work

Even in times of uncertainty, there are still ways you can improve yourself and make great strides in your career. While under a community quarantine, utilize the extra time to reevaluate your career trajectory and seize opportunities to move it forward.

Much like an NBA All-Star, you need a concrete game plan to achieve desirable outcomes in your career. AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurers and the official insurance partner of the NBA in the Philippines, is here to help with some job advice.

Pru Life UK bags international Gold Quill award for 2019 Prudential RideLondon

Leading insurer Pru Life UK earned an international Gold Quill for its 2019 Prudential RideLondon media campaign, a recognition bestowed by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The award was presented at IABC’s Virtual World Conference held in the United States on June 14-17, 2020.

Pru Life UK received the 2020 Gold Quill Award of Merit in the Programs Category – Media Relations, and was among the four winning entries from the Philippines this year.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

#DearPa: A Quirky and Heartwarming Ode this Father’s Day

On his special day, bring the spotlight to the one and only man of the house who always makes the family smile, laugh, and see the silver lining in every situation, especially during tough times.  

Each dad has an unparalleled quirky humor, whose optimism will always be a source of strength and comfort for his family. Through the ups and downs, dads never fail to make the family break into laughter with their signature dad jokes and silly antics. That’s why on his special day, PLDT Home sends a reminder to celebrate the funny guy of the home and play along with his silliness with the latest #StoriesAtHome video, #DearPa. 

Glenfiddich partners with Whisky Auctioneer to raise funds for the Speyside community

Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, is releasing an exclusive limited edition whisky to raise funds to support the Speyside community - the heart of the world’s largest whisky producing region. Glenfiddich will produce 450 bottles of Glenfiddich 2007 (Cask No. 25427) Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020, hand-selected by Malt Master Brian Kinsman. 

Bottles will be auctioned on from Wednesday 17th to Monday 22nd June 2020, with all proceeds going to local Speyside causes and those most affected by COVID-19. 

Essential health checklist for dads

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let our dads know how important they are to us and how much we want them to be healthy — even moreso with the current pandemic.

As we celebrate this special day for dads, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, offers an essential health checklist so you can help dad achieve optimal health.

Remind him to get annual health screenings. Preventive healthcare is the most effective measure men can follow to live healthier lives. As your dad ages, it is important to encourage him to have regular medical check-ups to prevent health risks common among men such as colon and prostate cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart attack. As soon as he turns 50, it is vital for him to get an annual prostate screening to detect prostate cancer, especially if it’s in the early stages, which may be easier to treat.

Small Unsung Heroes of Mental Health

The Pet Food Institute educates pet owners on the role of pets during the quarantine

Tales of bravery and kindness flood everyone’s timelines nowadays, including pets that have been the stars of social media because of their cuteness and silly antics. But more than the amusement they bring, pets have become a reliable companion for fur parents living alone or undergoing emotional stress. 

As many of today’s individuals cope with the separation from their friends and family in this time of seclusion, now, more than ever, pets play a tremendous role in keeping people at ease with their unconditional loyalty and companionship.

As a voice for responsible pet ownership, Pet Food Institute shares the how’s and why’s of pets being the ultimate quarantine buddies.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hong Kong Disneyland officially reopens today!

“Believe in Magic” as guests witness the Castle of Magical Dreams construction enter its final transformation stage towards completion in late 2020

Today, Disney characters and cast members welcomed guests back as the gates of Hong Kong Disneyland reopened once again. The resort introduced a number of enhanced health and safety measures, as well as social distancing guidelines so that guests can continue to #BelieveInMagic and embark on their magical journey.

Prior to the park’s reopening earlier today, a special celebration moment hosted by Stephanie Young, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, took place along Main Street, U.S.A. overlooking the iconic castle. Beloved Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy joined her to mark the park’s official reopening, complete with joyous fanfare and celebration. 

John Legend’s new album, Bigger Love celebrates Black Culture and Pride

Multi-platinum artist John Legend is slated to drop his sixth studio album, Bigger Love on June 19 (Friday) via Columbia Records.

On a lengthy Instagram post, the Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT) winner reveals that Bigger Love was written and produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the #BlackLivesMatter protests happening around the world. According to him, the upcoming album is a “celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience” and an important showcase of what makes black culture so influential and empowering.

Five Dad-approved meals perfect for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, and while the current public health situation means we can’t go out and celebrate as we used to, it won’t stop us from enjoying our family’s company. 

Celebrating Father’s Day under the New Normal entails that we have to be more mindful about physical distancing, including staying at home as much as possible. So if you’re looking for ways to honor Dad this coming Sunday, having a nice family lunch or dinner with great food from his favorite restaurants is a great idea. 

You can easily organize Father's Day celebrations from the comfort of your own home as most restaurants today already accept online transactions. And with PayMaya, paying for your orders is not only much easier, it is also more rewarding. 

Five Types of Dads We Love to Spend Time with at Home Now

Dads may differ in personalities. There are those who are strict, lenient, and there are those who are very quirky and playful. But there’s one common characteristic that we love about them: they will always have a funny “dad joke” or two on-hand whenever we need them.  

Before being quarantined at home, dads were busybodies, waking up at five in the morning and going to work for their daily grind. However, the situation in the past few months has required them to stay at home, finding ways to adjust to their new normal, thus exposing and unveiling his all-so-unique charms and quirks for the cringe-worthy enjoyment of the whole family. With Father’s Day around the corner, here’s a tribute to the types of dads everyone has encountered during quarantine: 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Back to the Basics!

The Pet Food Institute educates the Filipino pet community on the importance of nutrition during this quarantine period


As the country adopts a new normal, pet owners nationwide are looking for ways on how they ensure their pet’s health and well-being amidst social distancing. Filipino pet owners must remember that an important way to ensure their pets’ health during this time is by providing cat or dog with a balanced pet food diet that meets their nutritional requirements.

Ben&Ben releases a song inspired by a fan’s heartbreaking story

Award-winning Filipino band, Ben&Ben dropped their new single, “Lifetime” on June 4 (Thursday) via Sony Music. 

The intricately produced, folk-pop ballad was written as a response to a fan’s YouTube comment on their hit song “Pagtingin,” which to date, has amassed more than a hundred million streams on YouTube and Spotify combined. 

The fan, who goes by the alias of “Anne Jou,” shared her story of regretting not being able to express her feelings because she was afraid to lose the friendship.

Singapore Pop Artist Dominic Chin Releases BETTER via Umami Records

Singapore pop artist Dominic Chin has released BETTER, the fifth single of his 7-track debut EP License To Cry, via indie label Umami Records.

BETTER is a poppy, free-spirited song about the joys of being high on love. Dominic Chin shares: “This song is inspired by love! There’s a quote that says ‘falling in love is the best high without breaking the law’, and I fully agree! The whole chorus talks about how flowers smell better, time passes much slower, the sky is BLUE-ER. How you don’t ever want time to stop when you’re with the person you love.”

Fun, playful melodies accompany Dominic’s beautiful and infectious vocals, leading up to unapologetically brash and compelling choruses which he proudly belts out. “I felt like it needed a quirky aspect too, and that's why I sang ‘You-you-you’ with a slight yodle. AND I love showing off my whistling skills. I have been practicing for years, finally I can properly show it off!” shared Dominic.

GBF & URC face shields get seal of approval from hospitals

Dr. Felicitas A. Soriano of Veterans Memorial Medical Center tries out a URC-produced face shield. GBF delivered more than 100,000 pieces to hospitals within April and May.

The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) and Universal Robina Corporation (URC) completed the distribution of over 100,000 reusable face shields to 33 hospitals, as the country ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Health workers in the frontlines gave a thumbs-up to these face shields.

“Given the variety of face shields that we got from our warehouse, these were the most user-friendly,” said laboratory manager Ma. Lourdes Gatbonton, of The Medical City.

“They provide the right amount of distance between the user's face and the shield. The person using it can breathe much better, unlike with other face shields,” said Gatbonton. “They also do not moisten or have that clouding effect so it allows us to see better and work around the laboratory without trouble.”

According to Dr Joseph Angelo Kiat of the surgery department at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, the clearer acetates also help with visibility.

Blackwater launches BB Cream and Lip Balm for men

Blackwater Lip Balm with SPF 20 and BB Cream in Tan shade

Who says that makeup is only for women? Definitely not Blackwater. The brand has just introduced two make up products designed to help men care look good and feel more confident.

The new Blackwater BB Cream in Tan is a grooming must-have for men. For only P195, this new product effectively hides dark spots, pimple marks, dark circles and uneven skin ton.  Available in the shade of Tan, this new product offers a lightweight matte finish to get rid of that oily shine on the face.

Plan for goals during quarantine with AXA Goal Getter

Available online, AXA Goal Getter is a life insurance and investment plan in one
designed to help you reach your goals.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, introduces Goal Getter—a life insurance and investment plan in one that helps you reach your goals. 

If the current situation has strengthened your resolve to accomplish your life goals and save up for them, then it’s a good idea to check out Goal Getter. Build your funds so you can achieve financial independence and realize your goals, whether it’s starting a small business, getting a car or condominium, or pursuing a post-graduate degree. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Shop for essentials online with PayMaya

Planning to stock up for essentials this week, the better option today is to shop online!  You can do so at the comforts of your own home, more convenient than lining up at your nearby grocery, braving the heat and risking your health.  Plus, you get to enjoy shopping deals and offers you can only get online!

Happening today til tomorrow Lazada is having their 6.6 Bounce Back Sale where you can enjoy the most affordable deals on your daily needs.

And when you pay using your PayMaya virtual or physical card, you can get up to P200 additional discount. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Pru Life UK extends free COVID-19 protection sign-up offer until June 15 for Filipinos through health app, Pulse

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK is extending its free COVID-19 protection and Personal Accident (PA) coverage sign-up offer until June 15, 2020 through Pulse, an artificial intelligence-powered health and wellness app that offers holistic health management.

Pru Life UK is keen to protect more Filipinos, particularly health workers, with its free COVID-19 protection and PA coverage — a one-time, 45-day insurance against the unfortunate event that the individual passes away as a result of COVID-19 or an accident. This limited, exclusive offer is available to the first 500,000 persons who register their profiles on the Pulse app until June 15, 2020. The coverage is effective from the date of registration. 

Pop-jazz sensation Ardhito Pramono invites Ben&Ben as special guests for digital concert

As part of the initiative to forge regional ties with likeminded artists in Asia, Indonesia’s very own Ardhito Pramono will be joining forces with acclaimed Filipino band, Ben&Ben and Singaporean alt-pop artist, Benjamin Kheng for a star-studded virtual show.

Aptly titled, From His Backyard, Online #HappyConcert with Ardhito Pramono and Friends, the first online concert in Indonesia to feature local and international artists, will happen on June 8, 2020 (Monday) at 9 PM (Philippine time) via Loket. Tickets are available here.

Landers is offering free online workshops for kids

Here’s a fun online learning activity your kids can do in the comfort of your own home!

Landers Superstore’s Mommy Club, in partnership with Child’s Home Educational Center, is offering weekly online workshop classes open to children of Landers members who are aged 4 to 7. Kids can learn about nature, science, animals, and health. The classes will have storytelling, arts and crafts activities, science experiments, and games to ensure a fun and educational time for your kids.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Use PayMaya to get the best deals at the Lazada 6.6 Bounce Back Sale

As quarantine guidelines relax across the country, it is still important to continue practicing social distancing in order to curb the spread of the virus. Some physical stores may have started to resume operations but purchasing essentials online remains to be the safest and most convenient option for consumers. And when you pay online using your PayMaya account, your shopping experience is not only more safe and convenient, it is also more sulit!    

In line with this, PayMaya has teamed up with Lazada to provide you with the most affordable deals as you stock up on your daily essentials – from cleaning products to frozen goods and other useful household items you can use at home at the Lazada 6.6 Bounce Back Sale from June 4 to 6. You can easily get up to PHP200 off* on top of the already discounted items at Lazada when you pay using your PayMaya virtual or physical card. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Ortigas Malls Implements Stringent Sanitation Measures as it Reopens its Doors to Mall Goers

As Metro Manila slowly shifts from ECQ to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine many mall goers are eager to once again visit their favorite restaurants and shop in their favorite stores. However, with the strong concern regarding everyone’s health and safety, Ortigas Malls wants to reassure each and every mall-goer that their well-being is always the top priority as the company rolls out new measures and guidelines that are effective starting May 16, 2020. Here are three things to take note of before you head down to Greenhills, Tiendesitas, Estancia, and Industria:

Gentle Bones and Joie Tan captures hearts with dreamy duet, ‘SHOULDN’T HAVE TO RUN’

Riding the wave of two notable collaborations this year, Gentle Bones is back with another captivating duet, Shouldn’t Have To Run, sung alongside Singapore’s melodic sweetheart, Joie Tan. Written by Gentle Bones and Fulses, one-third of R&B band, brb., Shouldn’t Have To Run explores the wistful relationship of two lovers whose stars are struggling to align.

“When Joie came on board to finish the song up with us, it became this beautiful duet that we knew we had to get out to the world.,” says Gentle Bones. “Joel and Fulses are both amazing artists I was thrilled to work with and I'm so happy with how the song turned out,” Joie adds.

Having discovered each other in the YouTube stratosphere almost a decade ago, this collaboration makes perfect sense when listening to the track. Gentle Bones and Joie Tan’s dulcet tones combined with the beat’s futuristic vibes transports listeners into a fantastic and curious dimension; whilst detailing the efforts of someone trying to reach out to his lover, but to no avail.

The Filinvest Tent now ready as quarantine health facility

(L-R) EEI Corporation project manager Charlie Santaren, Filinvest City Foundation Inc. and Filinvest Alabang Inc. president and chief operating officer Catherine Ilagan, Department of Health director IV Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, Department of Health secretary Francisco Duque III, Department of Public Works and Highways undersecretary Emil Sadain, Inter-Agency Task Force secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Nestor Quinsay Jr., Office of Civil Defense undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, and Bureau of Fire Protection Chief General Jose Embang, Jr.

Filinvest City Foundation is boosting its efforts to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by converting The Filinvest Tent into ‘We Heal As One’ quarantine facility. The recently turned over facility houses 108 beds for patients that are asymptomatic or with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Coping with Quarantine


The Pet Food Institute shares tips on how pet owners can help their pets cope with the month-long quarantine

Millions of people across the globe are now being asked to stay home in quarantine to avoid getting sick. People are coming up with novel activities to cope with the stress of being indoors for a month like venturing into crafts and cooking. However, quarantine doesn’t only affect humans, it affects pets too. With dogs and cats being naturally outdoor creatures, being confined within the four walls of their home can be taxing and could possibly lead to agitation or even health issues if they remain stagnant for long periods of time. 

The Pet Food Institute, together with its member brands, educate the Filipino pet community on how they can help their pets cope with being placed under quarantine.  

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jollibee Foods Corporation and PayMaya pioneer conversational commerce with ‘cashless’ ordering chatbot

Ordering at your favorite JFC fast food restaurant 
is now just a chat away!

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) along with all of its food and restaurant brands in the country has begun piloting an interactive mobile ordering system via chatbot, with a seamless payment experience powered by PayMaya.

Customers in select areas can now use their credit, debit, or prepaid cards as well as their PayMaya e-wallet accounts to pay for their favorite food items and meals via the Facebook Messenger channels of  Jollibee, Burger King, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Red Ribbon -- which are all currently running on beta version.  This will soon be available in the Facebook messenger of Greenwich as well.

All they need to do is type “#order” and send this to the Facebook chatbot of their favorite JFC restaurant, select the meal they’d like to order, pay by selecting their preferred cashless payment option, and wait for their food to be delivered in their homes.

AXA offers moms world-class healthcare for cancer and other diseases

AXA Philippines is offering Preferred Consultation and Care,
a value-added service that comes with select AXA insurance products.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, is offering Preferred Consultation and Care, a value-added service that comes with select AXA insurance products, and its coverage for cancer and heart disease to support moms in the community.

Filipino moms constantly face many health risks. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, three out of 100 Filipino women between the ages 35 and above develop breast cancer in their lifetime, while about one in 30 Asian women have coronary heart disease, based on a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, moms continue to do what they do: caring for their families and making sure they stay safe and healthy.

Stay home, stay safe, and add a splash of color to your life

While we stay at home to help flatten the curve of this pandemic, we suddenly find ourselves with lots of time in our hands to do the things we could only dream of- or used to take for granted. As we wait for the air to clear, we make use of the time we have to learn a new recipe, to work out, to pamper ourselves, or to simply change up our looks. But if you’re too afraid of cutting your hair, why not add a splash of color instead? 

Simple acts of care especially during quarantine can make anyone feel better. Why not show your mom or your sister how much they mean to you by spending an afternoon at home giving each other a refreshing new hair color? Give them a whole new look that shows off their unique personalities through Kolours. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Israeli Indie-Folk Singer-Songwriter VANNA Releases ‘Let Me Fall’, The Second Single from her Upcoming Debut EP

Israeli Indie-Folk singer-songwriter VANNA releases Let Me Fall, the second single of her 5-track debut EP High Hopes released via Umami Records. This song explores the meaning of embracing the vulnerability that one has while falling in love. The ambient production centred around a finger picked acoustic guitar and pulsating bass lines exudes a powerful calming feeling to listeners’ ears throughout the song.

Produced by Roy Avital of Tel Aviv based indie-electronic trio Garden City Movement and mastered by Matt Colton (James Blake, Muse, Coldplay), Let Me Fall is an ambient-folktronica song about letting yourself fall completely in love, and embracing the vulnerability that comes along with that. “When you fall in love, you expose yourself to getting hurt. It’s an endless paradox. When you let someone enter your inner world, you’re allowing them to gently break down your walls and then amazing things can happen.”, shares VANNA, “I was scared that one day I’d lose this feeling, and when it really happened I felt so alone trying to move on. This is the risk you take for falling in love.”

VANNA builds up the energy from the verses to the choruses, culminating in the bridge. “And all I could ever ask is to be someone else / To know what I am for you to feel that you want me too / And I wanna clear my head I don’t wanna be so scared / To leave all my fears behind / To know you’re on my side”, she sings, before releasing all that tension in the final instrumental drop.

Eastern Communications pledges ICT solutions to government, donates PPEs and funds in fighting COVID-19

Eastern Communications, one of the premier telecommunications companies in the Philippines, has supported various sectors in flattening the curve of COVID-19 pandemic by pledging its ICT solutions, PPEs, and funds. 

A total of 500 Office 365 licenses were provided to 34 government offices such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine National Police, Presidential Communications Operations Office, several city government offices, among others. Office 365 is a collaborative cloud-based platform that brings together the best-in-class Microsoft Office applications that can help the beneficiaries to collaborate efficiently and securely across many devices within the organization. 

Have fun labeling with Brother’s Labeler Bundles!

Level up your home and office organization skills by getting a handy new Brother P-Touch Labeler—bundled with two rolls of 12mm TZe tape to get you started!

Make your own exquisitely-crafted labels for both your home or office with the enhanced and easy-to-use design and printing capabilities of Brother’s P-Touch label printer line. 

The budget-friendly Brother PT-D210 standalone label maker (P3,840), which can print on up to 12mm TZe tape, is a great place to start making your own labels. It comes with a wide variety of symbols and frames to decorate your labels with, and makes high-quality labels with auto-lamination for an affordable price.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

How to use your smartphone to create, and enjoy music with friends online

If there’s one thing that will always be with us no matter what, it would be music. It gets us through the good times, bad times, and almost anything in between. And now, at a time when people must rely on each other for strength, music could be that one unifying element that will keep us together, while apart.

Though seemingly difficult given the situation, it is actually possible to enjoy music with friends through our mobile phones. Here are 4 simple ways to create and celebrate music with friends: 

Watch Rico Blanco’s inspiring music video for “This Too Shall Pass”

Rico Blanco has finally dropped the official music video for his new solo single in four years.

With various footage taken here and abroad, the visuals for “This Too Shall Pass” take a closer look at how the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill. 

Given the unprecedented uncertainty and challenges that COVID-19 poses, the video doubles as a tribute to the unsung heroes and frontliners leading the fight against an invisible enemy, showing us the true meaning of bayanihan in times of crisis. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

LG Helps Cleanup the Fight against COVID-19 at San Lazaro Hospital

Health workers from Manila’s San Lazaro hospital

LG Philippines has made its mission to support the frontliners combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in any way they can. The technology innovating company has been actively taking part in relief operations geared towards helping those in health institutions.  Health workers from Manila’s San Lazaro hospital recently reached out to LG to request for assistance. 

4 Casa de Memoria auction pieces to add drama to your home

Napoleon III Pietra Dura Commode

The Casa de Memoria lifestyle provides an opportunity to avail of select pieces on auction that adds depth to character for any home. Four distinct pieces call to us as we prepared the catalogue. This anniversary auction supports the construction of the emergency quarantine facility (EQF) at Sta. Ana Hospital, Manila.

Inspired by the Grey Room at the Palacio is an ebonized and ormolu-embellished commode, with pietradura vegetal elements in Napoleon III style (Lot 011). From late 19th century France, this Napoleon III Pietra Dura Commode is one of the most outstanding items for Segundo. To complete the look are a set of Carlos IV chairs (Lot 020). These six Neoclassical side chairs are carved, painted, and gilded beech with provenance from late 19th century Spain. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

AXA offers teleconsultation service to support pandemic response efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on the reemergence of digital healthcare where patients and doctors communicate and hold remote medical consultations by telephone or by video link.

To foster better health outcomes, AXA is offering free teleconsultation to approximately 6.5 million people in Asia, including under-served patients in remote, rural areas with limited health care access.

Your neighborhood Smart Padala agent is the easiest way to add money to your PayMaya account

Looking for a more convenient way to add money to your PayMaya account? Your neighborhood Smart Padala agent can help you! With the largest network of over 30,000 Smart Padala agents all across the country, you can add money to your PayMaya account at the Smart Padala agent in your neighborhood -- making cashless payments more accessible as the country transitions to the "new normal." 

In these critical times, using PayMaya is the easiest and safest way to pay for your daily essentials – whether you need to send money to a loved one, pay for online deliveries, settle your bills, or buy discounted load. Doing all these is more convenient than ever, since adding money to your account is as simple as visiting the trusted Smart Padala agent in your community. With this, there's no more need to risk traveling to convenience stores or endure lines at payment centers.   

Adding money to your PayMaya account is easy. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:   

Friday, May 15, 2020

Hotel Sogo assures the safety of employees and guests alike in 'new normal' playbook video

In preparation for the hotel industry’s ‘new normal’ Hotel Sogo is implementing various ways of ensuring the safety and security of its guests and employees against the spread of Covid19 virus.

Hotel Sogo adapted the use of ultraviolet (UV) lights as part of its So Clean approach in disinfecting its facilities and intensified the procedures from checking-in to ordering of food while inside the facility. The use of ultraviolet (UV) lights is highly effective at disinfection, particularly the UVC rays that are capable of killing bacteria, germs, and viruses.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Three Simple Recipes Based on Your Pantry Basics

Exploring recipes using fancy ingredients that aren’t normally seen in the pantry can mean a lot of work since this requires going to the grocery store and making it through a long line of people. But having the pantry well-stocked with basic items is like having savings in the bank. When it comes to whipping up quick comforting meals, pantry staples are everyone’s best friend. 

With a little creativity, basic ingredients from the pantry and a multi-purpose kitchen appliance, special home-cooked meals for the family can easily be created. With Samsung Smart Oven which is designed as an all-in-one cooking partner that works as a convection oven and a microwave, anything special can be whipped up in just a few steps. This special oven can be used for baking, grilling, roasting, slim frying, heating, defrosting, steaming, and even making yogurt which can cover appetizers and even desserts.

Casa de Memoria pays tribute to Philippine painters

Summer Nights in Madrid 

Segundo, the 20th auction for Lhuillier-managed Casa de Memoria presents close to 300 lots of fine European objets d’art and collectibles. The online auction completes two days of offerings from the weekend of May 30 to 31 using Invaluable as its platform. Proceeds from the online event will support the construction of the emergency quarantine facility (EQF) at Sta. Ana Hospital, Manila.

The auction house joins other local art and culture venues as it presents a veritable selection that entices the connoisseurs who remain home with the Enhanced Community Quarantine. The curatorial team has put on display items—from portraiture, to furnishings and silver—thus, enhancing a well-lived home style. The Casa Still Life with vase and glass center  Memoria salutes the frontliners in this two-day virtual auction.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Moms, lift up your spirits this Mother’s Day

This year’s Mother’s Day is unlike any Mother's Day celebration we've experienced. Moms are quarantined at home, and are probably falling into a pattern where our entire days are spent makeup-less and in-house clothes and pajamas. But stick out your chins, mommies, it's time to dust off the gloom and be the cheerful celebrant.

As experts say, the way we dress has a connection with our emotions. So even while on lockdown, us moms can do these simple tips from Ever Bilena to help lift our spirits this Mother’s Day: 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Five Mother’s Day gifts you can easily get online even while you're staying at home

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and while we're all on stay-at-home quarantine mode, it’s still more than possible to make your mom feel special on the day of the year that’s just for her! 

With many businesses now opening online stores with delivery and cashless payments options, finding a good gift for your mom should be a breeze. Here are some hassle-free gift ideas: 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Careline and Andrea Brilliantes show support to PGH frontliners

Careline and Andrea Brillantes donated PPEs and self-care kits 
to the medical staff at PGH

To boost the morale and help keep healthcare frontliners safe while on duty, Careline Cosmetics, together with Andrea “Blythe” Brilliantes, donated protective personal equipment (PPEs) and self-care kits to the medical staff at Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

In an Instagram post, Andrea said, “Thank you to all frontliners out there who continue to fight for all of us in this pandemic. I hope these PPE suits will help keep our dear frontliners in PGH safe. Maraming maraming salamat po.” 

6 newborn care tips during quarantine that you need to know

Make the most of the time you have at home to bond with your baby.

Being a new mom is a big milestone and having a baby brings happiness beyond measure. However, if you gave birth to your first child recently, things might be a bit different for you because of the enhanced community quarantine. Aside from the new maternity responsibilities, fear and anxiety over the pandemic may increase stress levels. You may find yourself standing in the most joyful yet toughest time of your life.  

As the world celebrates strong, loving mothers, AXA Philippines is here to give a few tips for new moms so that you can enjoy this life stage, while minimizing the stress amid the pandemic.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Rico Blanco returns with inspiring new anthem “This Too Shall Pass”

After a four-year hiatus in making songs of his own, Rico Blanco returns with a rousing new anthem to help us deal with the uncertainty of the times.

This Too Shall Pass is Rico Blanco’s first solo single in four years, as well as his first under Sony Music Philippines. The song was written from a place of discomfort and fear, witnessing how the much louder tremor of pandemic anxiety instantly changed our lives and left us with little time to mourn and move forward.

Singaporean Electronic Producer Foxela and Singer-Songwriter Chelsea Cara Release ‘wanted you so bad’ Via Umami Records

17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Foxela and singer-songwriter Chelsea Cara have released their brand new single ‘wanted you so bad’ today via Singapore indie label Umami Records.

Chelsea decided to write the song after experiencing rejection from someone she really liked. “I tried to show the dilemma I was facing and the painful choices I had to make,” the alt pop singer-songwriter shares, “I had all these emotions I was trying to make sense of.”

Thursday, April 30, 2020

AXA Philippines partners with UNICEF, Red Cross and Madocs to address COVID-19

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect so many lives locally and globally, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, has allied with UNICEF, Philippine Red Cross – Makati Chapter, and Manila Doctors Hospital (Madocs) to support Filipino communities in need, as well as healthcare professionals and hospitals.

“We at AXA are both proud and humbled to come together and reach out to those who need help the most in these tough times,” said Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president and chief executive officer. “Through our longstanding partnerships with Red Cross, UNICEF, and Madocs, we are able to touch as many communities, health workers, and hospitals as we can.” 

Resourceful Filipino volunteer uses Brother sewing machines to produce PPEs for frontliners

Photo from Rod Jean Claire Dullano

As the Philippines undergoes its enhanced community quarantine to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, many Filipinos are stepping up and helping out in any way they can, serving as an inspiration to many others to also do their part for everyone in need.

One such inspiring story is that of volunteer Rod Jean Claire Dullano, who shared how they relied on Brother sewing machines to produce a number of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and facemasks for medical frontliners.

“Your products have been so helpful to us,” said Dullano in her e-mail to Brother Philippines. “Thank you so much for your great effort in making quality machines for us. God bless you.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We Support Our FrontLiners

Our love and support to our courageous frontliners facing the battle against #COVID19. 

Lets protect our Frontliners in the government and medical community; and do our part in order to help them. #StayAtHomeForUs

Monday, April 27, 2020

Bayad Center’s BAYADnihan campaign makes bills payment more meaningful

While most utility and loan companies have announced extended due dates for bills payment in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are able to still pay on schedule can contribute to the spirit of bayanihan and help their fellows in need while still managing their finances responsibly.

Even the simple act of paying bills can be a way to help disadvantaged individuals and communities through Bayad Center’s “BAYADnihan, Tulong-tulong para sa Bayan” campaign.

8 tips to help your TikToks stand out

When you hear the song “Don’t Start Now” by English singer/songwriter Dua Lipa, what initially comes to mind? Do you imagine the visually stunning music video tied to it, or is your mind flooded with mental images of a plethora of dance covers on TikTok?

Indeed, TikTok has become a global phenomenon and, lately, has sort of become a therapy for most people especially in light of the community quarantines enforced worldwide. And with millions of active users on the platform, coming up with fresh and unique videos may seem like a daunting task.

Fear not because collecting plenty of views, likes, and followers on this rapidly growing platform is not impossible. Here are 8 tips on how to make Tik-Toks that stand out:


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